Medicaid expansion could save the Kansas Department of Corrections ~$11 million. Cost savings would result from Medicaid covering the costs of inpatient hospital stays exceeding 24 hours for incarcerated individuals; expanded coverage for mental health and substance abuse services; and expanded coverage reaching newly-released individuals, addressing mental health and substance abuse concerns, as well as general health care needs, reducing recidivism.
Though Kansas Appleseed is a statewide advocacy organization, when a jail expansion was proposed in our headquarters' own backyard, we couldn't sit back. We knew a jail expansion wouldn't address the problems in our criminal justice system. Read more about our advocacy against the Douglas County jail expansion and for, instead, increased restoratives practices, alternatives to incarceration, and community-based programs.